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Published: 3 May 2021
Effective: 3 May 2021

ATA Chapter: 00

Subject:

This Continuing Airworthiness Notice is issued to advise operators and maintainers of the status of Type Certificates held by Pacific Aerospace Ltd, Hamilton.

Applicability:

All Pacific Aerospace Ltd aircraft types listed on the following New Zealand Type Certificates:

Type Certificate No.      Models

A-3 Pt 1                          FU24, FU24A; and

A-3 Pt 2                          FU24-950, FU24A-950, FU24-954, FU24A-954; and

A-5                                Fletcher 1060

A-10                               CT/4, CT/4A, CT/4B, CT/4E

A-11                               Cresco 08-600

A-14                               750XL

A-16                               FBA-2C, FBA-2C1, FBA-2C2, FBA-2C3, FBA-2C4, FBA-2C3T, FBA-2C4T

 

Purpose:

This Continuing Airworthiness Notice is issued to advise operators and maintainers of the status of Type Certificates held by Pacific Aerospace Ltd, Hamilton.

Background:

Pacific Aerospace Limited (PAL) is the holder of New Zealand Type Certificates listed in the applicability above. On 11 February 2021, CAA suspended the Part 145 Maintenance Organisation, Part 146 Design Organisation and Part 148 Manufacturing Organisation certificates of PAL. Since that time PAL has been placed in liquidation and subsequently, PAL assets have been sold to a new entity.

CAA NZ is working with the entity whose intent is to obtain new design and manufacturing certificates; become the holder of the PAL Type Certificates; and provide continuing airworthiness support to the existing PAL fleet. The new entity will be required to meet all aspects of compliance to the CAA NZ Rule parts for design and manufacturing certification.

The CAA NZ remains the State of Design for the applicable Type Certificates and has assumed the continuing operational safety of the Type Certificates, until such time as the Type Certificate is transferred to the new holder. In NZ, current Airworthiness Certificates for the affected aircraft types remain valid unless a subsequent serious safety/airworthiness issue is identified that would otherwise require significant design changes by the Type Certificate holder. Foreign registered aircraft operators should contact their State of Registry for advice on the validity of Airworthiness Certificates issued by that State.

Unfortunately, a lack of spare parts supply may cause inoperability of individual aircraft in the short term. Depending on the type of spare parts required, an option for operators, although not ideal, may be to explore sourcing approved modification replacement parts or repair approvals from 3rd parties such as CAANZ certificated Part 146 design organisations (or equivalents for foreign operators).

Recommendation:

CAA NZ hereby asks you to communicate this notice to any person to whom this notice could be of direct and individual concern as well as to other possible interested persons.
After satisfactory evaluation of the comments received, CAA NZ will take a decision to carry out further action as necessary in the interests of aviation safety. Comments regarding this Continuing Airworthiness Notice should be made to airworthinessdirectives@caa.govt.nz

If any defects or occurrences are found with the applicable aircraft, then complete a CA005 Defect Report form and submit the completed form to the CAA at CA005@caa.govt.nz. Please include all findings and any other relevant technical information. A CA005D Defect Report form can be obtained from https://www.aviation.govt.nz/assets/forms/CA005D_Form.pdf [PDF 82 KB]